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September 6, 2012
Police reported an uptick in DUI arrests over Labor Day weekend compared to last year. There were 27 arrests from Aug. 31 through Monday, down from 32 in 2011, Capt. Jason Kravetz said in an email. However, of those arrests, 15 were DUIs, compared to 11 last year. Calls for service saw a decrease — there were 602 calls for service, while 742 were reported in 2011, he said. Reported traffic collisions went up by one, with eight reports total. There was also an increase in hit-and-run collisions, which went up to seven from three in 2011.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | September 5, 2013
It was a typical Labor Day weekend on Laguna's beaches, even if the humidity was unusual. Lifeguards made 147 rescues Friday through Monday among moderate surf and crowded beaches, Laguna Beach Marine Safety Capt. Tom Trager said. Surf from the southwest averaged 2 to 4 feet and water temperatures ranged from 62 to 66 degrees, a bit lower than normal for this time of year, he said. Rescues were spread among Treasure Island, Main Beach and Crescent Bay and mainly occurred close to shore, Trager said.
NEWS
August 30, 2002
Suzie Harrison Why do workers get time off to honor Labor Day? That's a question the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Laguna Beach will try to answer during its 10:30 a.m to noon service on Sunday. During the Labor Day service and celebration, the fellowship will delve into the history of the labor movement in the U.S. that dates back to the mid-1800s. Started 10 years ago by the church's social committee chair, Jean Raun, the event has become a holiday tradition.
NEWS
September 3, 2004
City Hall employees will take Monday off to celebrate Labor Day. The rest of the town will celebrate the end of the tourist season with the traditional pancake breakfast at Heisler Park. Laguna Beach firefighters will be flipping pancake and grilling sausages from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the foot of Myrtle Street. Laguna Beach Exchange Club members will help serve, and Mayor Cheryl Kinsman has volunteered to help clean up after the breakfast. Las Brisas restaurant will provide the sausages, orange juice, butter and syrup.
NEWS
August 30, 2002
BEST BUYS Great art up for auction Von Hemert Interiors, a fourth-generation family-owned home furnishings and interior design business, is having its first ever art auction at 10 a.m. on Labor Day at the outlet store. More than 300 pieces of original art from reputable artists, and quality reproductions will be auctioned. A preview will be Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will help benefit children at the Orangewood Foundation 345 N. Coast Highway.
BUSINESS
By Josh Aden | August 16, 2007
Laguna Beach will see the end of an icon as the Boom Boom Room, one of Laguna's mainstay gay attractions, and the adjoining Coast Inn will finally shut their doors after Labor Day. The property, along with the Coast Liquor store and Gay Mart across the street from the Inn, was purchased in 2006 by aviation billionaire Steven Udvar-Hazy who planned to rebuild a boutique hotel on the site. Udvar-Hazy gave the Boom a year-long reprieve on a lease in August 2006. That lease ends Sept.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | February 7, 2013
Teachers and students at Laguna Beach's four public schools will see a change in the upcoming school calendar - a move that has upset some parents. Laguna Beach Unified School District board members approved the change, in which school will start before Labor Day and a week-long break will be given for Thanksgiving, as a one-year pilot, at their board meeting Jan. 22. District officials mailed a letter written by Supt. Sherine Smith to parents following the meeting. Students at Top of the World, El Morro, Thurston and Laguna Beach High will start school on Aug. 29 and end June 19, 2014, according to the letter.
NEWS
August 30, 2007
Summer’s almost over, and school days are almost here. While visitors are enjoying their last sunsets and mojitos at local watering-holes and ocean-view restaurants, residents are looking forward to “getting their town back.” Labor Day weekend is particularly poignant in Laguna Beach. The summer festivals are ramping up for their sendoffs (actually, the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters will have their last hurrahs tonight). Art-a-Fair and Sawdust will be open for Labor Day weekend revelers.
FEATURES
September 4, 2009
Church celebrates Labor Day The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will celebrate Labor Day at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, with words and music, emphasizing the role of women in the labor movement. DeAnn McEwen will speak about the California Nurses Assn. McEwen serves on the board of directors for the California Nurses Assn./National Nurses Organizing Committee. The service is at the fellowship, 429 Cypress Drive, and is followed by a sandwich lunch with opportunity for further discussion with McEwen.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | September 6, 2011
The Exchange Club's Labor Day Pancake Breakfast is a labor of love. Firefighters, police officers and volunteers have been flipping pancakes, grilling sausages and brewing coffee for more than 20 years, under the direction of Sande St. John , as summer draws to an end. St. John, hobbling around on a crutch and probably headed for surgery to repair her leg injured in a fall at her daughter's home, still managed to mobilize the troops again...
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By Bryce Alderton | September 5, 2013
It was a typical Labor Day weekend on Laguna's beaches, even if the humidity was unusual. Lifeguards made 147 rescues Friday through Monday among moderate surf and crowded beaches, Laguna Beach Marine Safety Capt. Tom Trager said. Surf from the southwest averaged 2 to 4 feet and water temperatures ranged from 62 to 66 degrees, a bit lower than normal for this time of year, he said. Rescues were spread among Treasure Island, Main Beach and Crescent Bay and mainly occurred close to shore, Trager said.
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NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | February 7, 2013
Teachers and students at Laguna Beach's four public schools will see a change in the upcoming school calendar - a move that has upset some parents. Laguna Beach Unified School District board members approved the change, in which school will start before Labor Day and a week-long break will be given for Thanksgiving, as a one-year pilot, at their board meeting Jan. 22. District officials mailed a letter written by Supt. Sherine Smith to parents following the meeting. Students at Top of the World, El Morro, Thurston and Laguna Beach High will start school on Aug. 29 and end June 19, 2014, according to the letter.
NEWS
September 6, 2012
Police reported an uptick in DUI arrests over Labor Day weekend compared to last year. There were 27 arrests from Aug. 31 through Monday, down from 32 in 2011, Capt. Jason Kravetz said in an email. However, of those arrests, 15 were DUIs, compared to 11 last year. Calls for service saw a decrease — there were 602 calls for service, while 742 were reported in 2011, he said. Reported traffic collisions went up by one, with eight reports total. There was also an increase in hit-and-run collisions, which went up to seven from three in 2011.
NEWS
August 30, 2012
The Laguna Beach Police Department is stepping up its patrol staff over Labor Day weekend. During certain holiday weekends throughout the year, the police saturate the city with more officers in an effort to identify DUI drivers and help combat alcohol-related crashes, according to a news release from the department. The extra officers will patrol Friday through Sunday. Police hope knowing about the ramped-up enforcement will deter people from drinking and driving. Police recommend residents plan how they will get home before going out for the night; designate a sober driver; call taxis or friends for rides; call 911 to report suspected drunk drivers; and take the keys away from friends who are impaired, according to the release.
NEWS
August 29, 2012
Join the city of Laguna Beach this weekend in welcoming back local Annika Dries, who helped the U.S. women's water polo team win a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. The community event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Community Pool, 670 Park Ave. Admission is free, and residents should bring a bathing suit and towel. Mayor Jane Egly will be on hand to give Dries a proclamation from the City Council in honor of her achievements. Dries is a former standout of the Laguna Beach High School water polo team.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | September 6, 2011
The Exchange Club's Labor Day Pancake Breakfast is a labor of love. Firefighters, police officers and volunteers have been flipping pancakes, grilling sausages and brewing coffee for more than 20 years, under the direction of Sande St. John , as summer draws to an end. St. John, hobbling around on a crutch and probably headed for surgery to repair her leg injured in a fall at her daughter's home, still managed to mobilize the troops again...
NEWS
By Steve Kawaratani | September 9, 2010
"Life is one big transition. " —Willie Stargell September's days are becoming noticeably shorter, and the season of tourists (also known as summer) has come and gone again in Laguna. Locals mark the reclaiming of the village by the final performance of the Last Supper, the observance of Labor Day weekend, and the beginning of a new school year. The first tangible result of summer's closing will be the availability of parking throughout town again. Well, maybe not at Thalia, Oak or Brooks if there is a swell afoot.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | September 9, 2010
Laguna says goodbye to the summer tourist season the same way it says hello — with a pancake breakfast at Heisler Park. Lots goes on in between. Katie Moss reported Monday that Cosima Qazi is the new owner of La Rue du Chocolat in Peppertree Lane, which Moss manages. Realtor Patricia Truman said she had a wonderful summer. "Business was good," she said. "In fact everything in my life is better than last year. " Barbara Painter had a really busy summer, starting with granddaughter, Samantha' s 18th birthday party at the White House restaurant.
NEWS
August 26, 2010
Garbage, recycling delay for Labor Day Waste Management of Orange County's commercial and curbside residential trash and recycling pick-up schedule will be delayed by one day and will not operate on Sept. 6, in observance of Labor Day. Receptacles should be placed for pickup one day later than usual. "Customers who usually receive service on Monday will instead receive it Tuesday, and so on throughout the week, with Friday's customers receiving service on Saturday," said David Ross, director of public sector services.
LOCAL
By Catharine Cooper | September 4, 2009
The official countdown to the “end” of summer has begun. Labor Day is just around the corner, and in Laguna, that formerly marks the end of vacations — at least for students and teachers. Classes resume at Laguna Beach schools, meaning that beaches — and the surf — will be less crowded during the day. Driving downtown at any hour (except 3 to 5:30 p.m.) should no longer be a wrestling match. School buses will again slow traffic with their start/stop red sign loadups.
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